Macomb Local News Archives for 2018-09

Sports Report! 9-28-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's Interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/28/18




The MLB is in its final weekend of the season, and the only thing resolved in the National League is the East division. The Central and West Divisions, as well as both wild card spots, are still up for grabs with 5 teams competing.


The Cubs and Brewers are competing for who gets the division or the first wild card spot in the NL, while the Cardinals are competing with the Dodgers and Rockies for the second wild card spot. The Dodgers and Rockies are competing for who gets the division or the second wild card spot.


The Cubs come into this weekend with a crucial one game lead over Milwaukee, meaning they have the inside track on the division title. They picked up two huge wins the last two nights over the Pirates, and we may look back on Almora’s walk-off hit Tuesday night as the play that ultimately sent them to the division title. They also got a typically strong late season performance out of Jon Lester, who looks ready for the postseason.


The Brewers are coming off a sweep over the Cardinals, and are riding the wave of Christian Yelich, who has been as hot as anyone in the sport since the all star break. They have also been bolstered by the unheralded waiver pickups of Curtis Granderson and Gio Gonzalez, who have given the team some much needed postseason experience.


The Dodgers suffered a tough series loss against the Diamondbacks, a series loss they could not afford. Meanwhile, the Rockies took advantage and swept the Phillies to take the NL West lead.




Rams beat Vikings 38-31 on Thursday Night Football last night. This was an offensive showcase, as both quarterbacks combined for 887 passing yards.


The receiving game was, as a direct result, also on point, with 5 different receivers getting at least 100 yards and 6 different receivers scoring a touchdown.




It’s homecoming weekend in Macomb, as WIU takes on Youngstown State tomorrow.


They’ll be looking to keep the momentum of the win over Montana going after their bye last week, and this should be an interesting game.


One thing to watch for will be the coaching battle between Bo Pelini and Jared Elliott.




The Bears draw Tampa at home this weekend, and this should be an exciting and interesting game without a doubt.


This is a real opportunity for the Bears defense to expose Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Buccaneers offense, who haven’t seen a defense like the Bears yet.


The back-end of the Bears defense could also be in trouble, as the Buccaneers come in with one of the most talented receiver/tight end rotations in the sport.


One underrated player to watch out for on the Buccaneers could be Peyton Barber, who beat out now injured, and talented, rookie Ronald Jones for the starting job. He hasn’t gotten a lot going quite yet, but he has the talent to really open the Buccaneers’ offense.


The Bears will likely be relying on their passing attack, as the Bucs’ pass defense is atrocious, and the run defense is outstanding.


This could be the game Trubisky breaks out for real, and if he does so, it should be a very winnable game. I see this game as being an offensive firework show, and the Bears winning by a score of 35-31.



Youngstown St-Western Illinois University Preview

Homecoming pride bleeds purple and gold as the WIU Leathernecks are set to host Youngstown St.


The Leathernecks enter this game 1-2 in the season, after coming off a tremendous win over the University of Montana. In a thrilling home opener that saw Western Illinois fight adversity and battle back from being pushed in the corner. It took until primetime in the final six minutes of the game, the Leathernecks went into overdrive down 17-27. Poetry in motion was set after Western Illinois forced a three-and out at the Montana two yard line.


Then it was Steve McShane lightning quick off a punt return took it home bringing in the first touchdown. The Leathernecks saw red and wanted the ball back. Only strength and determination could be seen resonating off the defensive line as they attacked fast and hard. The first play of Montana’s was met by a forced fumble from Defensive Back Justin Fitzpatrick and recovery by fellow teammate Zach Muniz.


The Leathernecks then eventually found the end zone with another McShane touchdown with a 11-yard reception. Western ended the game with the comeback victory at 31-27 grabbing their first win in the season in front of jubilant crowd.



The Leathernecks match up to a 2-1 Youngstown St team. This game will especially be impactful to senior Justin Fitzpatrick who walks onto the field for his last homecoming game and hangs his head high doing so.


“It feels great to walk out there again luckily we’ve got homecoming wins all three of my years, I can’t wait to try to make it 4-0. Homecoming is always an exciting time a lot of people come back The whole atmosphere of Homecoming is what I look forward to."


Fitzpatrick credits the men above him for playing a pivotal role two weeks back against the Griz with 6 solo tackles and a forced fumble.


“Honestly I’m just trying to do my job out there on the field. That’s what I’ve been doing ever since I arrived here.My coaches, our defensive coach in particular, puts us in a position to make plays. I was in the right position six or seven times last game and that helped me make the right play.”


The Western locker room atmosphere has been anything but quiet since coming off the first victory over the University of Montana. Fitzpatrick gleaming with a smile said


“ Oh man, every win is big for us, we celebrate every single time no matter who beat. Last year whenever we beat Indiana State we still celebrated just due to the fact wins comes so hard for us in our conference especially against the competition we play. The

atmosphere was great, it was Coach Elliot’s first win, our defensive coordinator’s first win, it was special and we got to celebrate it with everybody.”


A 4-year Homecoming streak is not the only thing that helps moves boulders for Fitzpatrick and drives this Leatherneck team.


“Our defensive coordinator makes us all put down some drivers, what we play for out on the field. The things I play for is obviously my family, also for my friends that I grew up with and that no longer play football anymore the chance I have, the fact that I was overlooked out of high school and for all the teams that said I wasn’t good enough and, finally for my teammates out on the field because I love them more than anything, so we can win as a collective unit.”


The Leathernecks ring in Homecoming action kicking off at 3 p.m at Hanson field


WIU Homecoming vs Youngstown State PREVIEW

Homecoming is in the air once again in Macomb, this time for Western Illinois University. College homecoming brings with it a whole new set of traditions, but ultimately ends with the same result, a football game. This year, that game comes against Bo Pelini and his Penguins of Youngstown State.


One of the leaders of this team thus far has been versatile, playmaking running back, Steve McShane. Whether catching the ball or running it, McShane has been the most consistent and explosive weapon for this team all year, as he has 127 rushing yards along with 143 receiving yards on the year, and has 4 total touchdowns through three weeks. As a coach, one can only imagine the possibilities as far as play calling goes, when one has a player like Steve, and Coach Elliott is trying to be creative as possible in his usage of him.


“Oh he’s huge,” Said Elliott of his multi-faceted star, “Having a guy like Steve who can do so many different jobs and gives us the ability and the freedom to move him around, create mismatches, which is a lot of football. Not only is he a dynamic threat out of the backfield, but he also has the ability to catch in some receiver sets to use his playmaking ability. Whenever you have a guy like Steve it’s kind of a ‘hold your breath’ type of deal whenever he has the ball in his hands.”


Elsewhere on the offense, the receiving corps has been damaged not only by the recent graduations of talents like Lance Lenoir, Jaelon Acklin, and Joey Borsellino, but a pair of impactful injuries to veterans Isaiah LeSure and George Wahee. This, however, has not stopped the group from having a productive season, as player after player has stepped up to give Sean McGuire reliable weapons downfield.


“We graduate, which is the nature of college football, it’s a revolving door,” Said Elliott of his depleted, yet motivated, receiving corps, “It’s always that next man up mentality that we have. We’ve kind of been a little injury plagued our first three weeks, so I was very impressed and proud of how John Brunner has evolved. You always challenge those next guys, whoever they might be, to step up.”


Moving to the defensive side of the ball, Justin Fitzpatrick has been a revelation in the secondary. He has emerged as one of the true leaders of this defense and team as a whole, and his move from cornerback to safety seems to have gone through without a hitch. One of the most visible benefits of the move in position has been the emergence of his playmaking ability, as he’s able to play with much more freedom at safety than at cornerback.


“I tell you, [Fitzpatrick] has been unbelievable for us,” Elliott said of his defensive playmaker, “He really captains the back end for us, he’s an elite communicator, really helps our guys get lined up. He’s got a natural feel for the game and so for us, moving him inside to safety has really given him the ability to really use his talent, his ability, his leadership, and his communication skills to our advantage. He’s a very natural, instinctive football player and he’s got a way to get around the football.”


Moving into the season, Western suffered losses in its first two games, away to Montana State and away to Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before picking up a massive win over then FCS #15 Montana in their home opener on September 15. Last week was a bye week, but Head Coach Jared Elliott and his Leathernecks will look to keep their season going in a positive direction.


“The one thing I’m encouraged by is that we’ve seen steady improvement from week to week,” said Elliott of this year, “I was very pleased with how we played two weekends ago against Montana, #15 team in the country, that was a big win for our team and I think that there’s a lot to build on there as we went into the bye week.”


Now to week 2, which saw WIU head to Champaign to face the University of Illinois of the Big Ten. There will forever be a David vs. Goliath feel to games which pit an FCS team against not just an FBS team, but a Power Five team, and it seems like most of the FCS programs relish in that. A lot of these players were overlooked by the power five schools, so there’s a major chip-on-the-shoulder mentality that comes into play for these games.


“It’s always a neat experience for our guys to get to play, not only the FBS, but those power five schools,” Said Elliott of the challenge of playing Illinois, “I think it’s good for college football, not only when you can play those power five schools, but when you can play them geographically local like we had the opportunity to do against Illinois and Champaign. We’ve got over 50 guys on our roster from the state of Illinois, and they grow up with definitely a familiarity of the big ten, so it’s always a neat opportunity for our guys to compete on that stage against those kinds of programs. I was very proud of how our team played.”


The following week saw Western’s first win of the season, and one of the bigger home wins they’ve had in recent years. FCS #15 Montana was in town and leading 27-17 heading into the fourth quarter, when Steve McShane turned the game on its head with an incredible punt return touchdown run. Justin Fitzpatrick forced a fumble on Montana’s next drive, and WIU scored to take the lead for good (31-27) on an 11 yard pass to McShane. This win was huge, and showcased Elliott and McGuire’s desire to be aggressive early


“Sean McGuire is a special player, he’s even more of a special young man, and he’s got a lot of starts under his belt,” Elliott remarked on his senior QB, “He’s a three year team captain, and we just felt like we’re the type of offense that has to generate explosive plays, and we needed to be aggressive taking some vertical shots, and we were able to do that early to kind of create some momentum and some energy early in the game. It’s just a credit to Sean and a credit to our offensive line in protection, and to the guys going out there and making the plays. What I was very pleased with was that I felt like it was the first time really this year that we really put together a complete game.

Into this week, where it will be Elliott’s first WIU Homecoming as head coach. This is a special time for him and his team, as it will be the last for several players on the team. Alumni come back for the week, and celebrations occur all week as the traditions held here at Western are put out on full display. Elliott is excited to be a part of it, and is ready for it.


“Homecoming’s a special time for any team or any program,” Said Elliott of the tradition of the week, “Whenever you can bring back all the alumni, the support, the people that have been here. College football, that’s one of the great things about it, it’s a sport that’s really built around tradition and there’s a lot of tradition here at Western. Tradition that is built from the players who have played here long before and the coaches that have coached here long before we’ve been here.”


Specifically on Youngstown State, the Penguins come in having trounced Valparaiso in their most recent matchup, and have an additional win over Butler. Their lone loss came against FBS, Big 12, and top 25 ranked West Virginia, so there is not a lot to take away from that. They have a dominant runner in Tevin McCaster, along with a seasoned head coach in Bo Pelini. This will be a tough test for WIU, and they’ll need all the firepower they have to get over the top on Saturday.


“Bo Pelini does a great job,” Said Elliott of his opponent this Saturday, “They’re fast, they’re physical, they play very hard, they’re very disciplined, you can tell they’re very well coached. Really, at the end of the day it’s all about us, and there’s no question there’s certain things they do schematically that we will try to counteract.”


The game will wrap up what has been an unbelievably successful and enjoyable homecoming week here at WIU, and should be a joy of a game to watch. Kickoff for WIU vs. YSU is set for 3 PM at Hanson Field. Come out and support your Leathernecks!





MDH Hosting upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness Program

McDonough District Hospital is holding a free course to commemorate Breast Cancer
Awareness month.

Dr. Ronald Rigdon, Radiologist, and Lynn Henderson, RD, LDN, from Morrison Healthcare will be
presenting the program. They will focus on proactive measures people can take to reduce their
chance of breast cancer, possible indicators and the mammography interpretation process.
They will also touch on maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The event is Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in Auditoriums A and B. MDH asks that attendees RSVP by Oct.
10. For more details contact MDH Outreach Services at 309-836-1584.


Conference for Business Professionals Announced in Macomb - 10/12/18

The Macomb Business Institute will be held on Friday, Oct. 12 at the Macomb Spoon River
College Outreach Center. The professional event begins at 8 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.
Shortly after light refreshments, a keynote speaker, Gordy Taylor, will present Motivation and
You at 8:30.

Session 1 will consist of three separate subjects. The audience can choose which one they want
to partake in. Topics:


-Lincoln on Leadership in Today’s Business World with Liz Pollack

-Sexual Harassment in the Workplace with Nick Tinsman

-Servicescapes-Shaping Your Customer’s Experiences with Susan Creasey


Session 2 of the day will begin at 11:15 a.m. Topics participants can choose from:

-HR Potpourri with Laura Maas and Mike Eddy

-Leadership Styles: Getting the Most Out of Yourself and Your Employees with Cathy


Lunch will be served following the second session. Organizers encourage attendees to network
during this time. Immediately after the soup and sandwich buffet luncheon, Nikki Cain will
present her speech, Cyber Awareness for the Small Business.

Session 3 will conclude the program. Topics in this session include:

-Leveraging a Legacy Business Succession Planning with Jim Boyd

-Publicizing Your Agency: hands on Principles with Phil Weiss

-Chamber Membership 101 with Lauren Merritt.


Pre-registration and a fee is required to participate. Contact 309-833-6031 for more
information or download the brochure at to learn more.


Macomb road construction planned for next week

MACOMB -- Ameren will have N. Lafayette St from the Downtown Square to Carroll St closed
starting Oct. 1 in order to replace an electrical line.

The project will take approximately a week to complete and Ameren apologies in advance for
any inconvenience the project may cause.


Spooktacular 5K by West Prairie Middle School (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with West Prairie Students)

COLCHESTER -- Join West Prairie Middle School in their Sixth Annual Spooktacular 5K Fun Run/Walk on Oct. 13.


Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and the official start time of the run is 10:00 a.m.  


To be guaranteed a T-shirt for the event be sure to sign-up before Oct. 3. The entry fee is $25 for adults and $15 for students K-12 grade.


Halloween costumes are encouraged for all ages.


For more information, visit or email



Ari's Entertainment Report! 9-27-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)



Wicked the Musical is celebrating its 15 year anniversary in a big way -- a special on NBC.


A Very Wicked Halloween: Celebrating 15 Years on Broadway will air on Oct. 29 at 10 p.m.


The special will include the current Broadway company and even feature Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.


Menzel played Elphaba and Chenoweth played Glinda in the original cast.


Ariana Grande and Pentatonix will also perform throughout the show.




Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom have rekindled their love after their split.


The two stepped out on red carpet for the first time as a couple at the 2018 Gala for the Global Ocean at the Opera of Monte-Carlo in Monaco.


At the event the two could not stop giggling and looking at each other.


Hopefully, this time works out for Perry and Bloom.




Freeform will now be hosting 31 days of Halloween instead of only 13 days of Halloween.


That means that holiday movies will play from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31 this year.


You can catch your favorites such as “Hocus Pocus”, “Nightmare before Christmas”, “The Haunted Mansion”, “The Addams Family”, and “Maleficent”.


Oct. 1st is only 4 days away -- get excited!




Macomb Fall Farm Tour planned for Sunday, Oct. 7

The Macomb Food Co-op presents the Fall Farm Tour on Oct. 7 from 1-5 p.m.

The event will feature farmers within a 30-mile radius of the co-op, where attendees will get
the chance to learn about the process of producing their food. The evening will also consist of
yoga, brews, hay rides and other farm-filled activities.

Rules for the evening include leaving pets at home. Entering farmers’ houses is prohibited and
so is feeding their animals without permission. Organizers urge participants to bring a cooler,
plan their route ahead of time and make time to talk to each farmer.

Visit the Farm Tour Facebook Event page for more information.


Sports Report 9-26-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)




The Cubs took a 6-0 loss to the Pirates, while the Brewers beat the Cardinals 12-4 last night, cutting the Cubs’ NL Central Division lead to just one half of one game. The Cubs have lost the first two of this series, while the Brewers have taken the first two of theirs, making tonight’s Cubs-Pirates and Cardinals-Brewers games monumentally important.


The Rockies won again as well last night (10-3 over the Phillies), cutting their deficit in the NL West to one half of one game. The Dodgers lost again, falling 4-3 against the Diamondbacks.


These 5 teams will now be battling for NL Central and West Divisional titles, as well as the two wild card spots. Add it all up, and it’s 5 teams battling for 4 spots. Only the Braves have clinched a postseason spot in the NL.


Meanwhile, the AL playoff picture is officially set with the Astros winning their 100th game of the year and clinching the AL West title. The only thing left to be decided their is where the wild card game will be held, as the Yankees only hold a 2.5 game lead over Oakland with 5 games to go.


MLB always does a great job marketing the push for the playoffs, despite the NFL dominating much of the sports news cycle in September. This race, and especially the NL’s, will be exhilarating to watch and will not be one to miss.


Football News:


#2 Clemson is switching quarterbacks this week, going from incumbent Kelly Bryant to former 5 star recruit and “heir to Deshaun Watson’s throne”, Trevor Lawrence. Bryant isn’t taking the news too well, and he missed practice Tuesday. Turmoil like this can’t be a positive for a team looking to win their conference and make the playoff for the 4th straight year.


Alabama will be slightly updating their stadium after a Tide linebacker crashed into a security guard, and ultimately a wall, last Saturday. They will be adding additional security precautions in the areas near the end zone he fell out of.




Road closures for upcoming Western Illinois University Homecoming Parade

Some local roadways will be blocked/closed this Saturday due to the Western Illinois University
Homecoming Parade. These closings will occur from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.

West Jackson Street will be closed from Ward Street to Randolph Street beginning at 7 a.m.
Those participating in the event will be lining up at that location. During the parade, parking will
be prohibited on West Jackson St.

A detour of Hwy 136/67 will begin at 9:30 a.m. on West University Drive to Wigwam Hollow
Road. There will be another closing on the intersections of Johnson and Jackson Street to
Lafayette and Calhoun Street intersection.

At 10 a.m., Wigwam Hollow, traveling east on Adams Street, will also be closed for the parade.
Traffic heading southbound from the intersection of Murray St. and Western Ave will be
restricted. Traveling east to west on Grant St. is advised to avoid the parade.

The Macomb Police Department apologizes for any trouble this causes motorists during the


Flu Shot Season is upon us

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) urges everyone six months and older to get the
influenza (flu) vaccine as we approach peak flu activity season.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness that can become serious and lead to death. IDPH
stated if more people get the shot, the least likely it will spread. This will prevent infants, who
cannot get the vaccine, from getting the flu.

The flu can spread from coughing, sneezing and by a simple touch. Symptoms include a fever,
cough, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, headache, tiredness, and sometimes vomiting and

IDPH encourages everyone to wash their hands, cover their cough and sneeze and stay home,
in addition to getting the flu shot.


Locally, MDH offers Flu Clinic dates throughout October. Click here for a list of dates. 


Ari's Entertainment Report! 9-25-18

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 25. Continue reading for the details on Mel B, Grey’s Anatomy, and Selena Gomez.




43-year-old Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls will be remaining in therapy for PTSD from divorce with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.


The couple was together for 10 years before deciding to split.


Brown explains that she will not be checking into rehab now or anytime in the future.




Ellen Pompeo released that season 16 of the hit show “Grey’s Anatomy” might be her last.


The star hints that she feels the show is coming to the end of all the stories they have been telling for the past 15 seasons.


Pompeo also goes on to talk about being ready for change and being able to “mix it up”.


The first episode of “Grey’s Anatomy” aired in 2005.




Selena Gomez is saying goodbye to Twitter, Instagram, and other sites .


The artist has officially decided to take a break from social media in order to live in the moment.


She leaves fans and followers with a message about being grateful for both the voice social media gives you and being grateful to step back.


Gomez also gives insight about negative comments made on social media and how they can hurt anyone at any time.




Lamoine Retirement Living announces upcoming open house

MACOMB -- There will be an open house on Sept. 29 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Lamoine
Retirement Living Building.

All are welcome to come see the newly updated and renovated Lamoine Hotel that is now the
home of assisted living and memory care.

The Lamoine Retirement Living Building is located at 203 N. Randolph Street.


For more information about the building or the open house, call (309) 575-3018.


Macomb Fire Hydrant Flushing announced for next week - 10/1/18

Beginning Oct. 1, fire hydrants throughout Macomb will be flushed. This process will be done on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. during the Fall season.



The City of Macomb Public Works Department warns residents that discoloration of water might occur and clothes may be stained while washing them. Public Works advises to abstain from using water right away and run cold water until it is clear. Rust remover is provided at the department building, 233 Center Street.



Public Works said water pressure will drop at the result of the flushing. A “boil order” will be put into works until water is considered satisfactory by an independent laboratory.



Flushing is necessary to provide a good, clean water supply. Contact the Water Treatment Plant at 309-836-3916 with any questions.



Macomb Mayor elected President of Illinois Municipal League

Macomb Mayor Mike Inman was elected as the president of Illinois Municipal League (IML) on
Saturday. He will serve a one-year term for the organization, which provides a voice for all
Illinois communities.
“It is an honor to be the next president of this organization,” Inman said. “I look forward to
advocating on important issues for the benefit of all municipalities in Illinois.”
Inman previously held the position as IML’s First Vice President and has also worked on their
board of directors.


WIU Homecoming Schedule (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with WIU's Amy Spelman)

WIU Homecoming Week Preview


Today marks the official beginning of WIU’s homecoming week, though events have already been going since last Thursday. 


This past weekend, September 22-23, saw two Homecoming events occur, with “Paint The Town” happening the 22nd and The annual “Rocky’s Boat Regatta” occurring on the 23rd. Sunday also saw the “Chalk The Campus” event.


There are no events on tap for Monday, September 24, but Tuesday, September 25, sees the annual “Variety Show”. This is always a campus favorite and features competitions between groups of greek life organizations, and competitions between residence halls. Throughout the show, there are performances from various dance groups on campus along with singing performances, and the candidates for Greek God and Goddess and Homecoming King and Queen ramp up their campaigns.


There are no events scheduled for Wednesday, September 26, however, Thursday, September 27, sees the occurrence of the annual “Yell Like Hell” show. This event is much like “Variety Show”, in that it features group competitions between greek life organizations and residence halls, but there are no outside performances. Additionally, “Yell Like Hell” is a more cheer-style competition, with several of the participants incorporating tumbling acts and vocal chants into their performances.


The annual “Spirit Game” happens Friday, September 28. This year, WIU has chosen Women’s Soccer as the game for this event. WIU Athletics is marketing this as a “Purple Out”, encouraging all who attend to wear purple.


Homecoming Day, Saturday, September 29, begins with the “Old Stompin’ Ground Runaround” 5K run/1.5 mile walk at 8 AM. Following this, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 10:30, and this will be followed by the ramping up of the Homecoming tailgate.


Homecoming begins its descent at 3 PM with the occurrence of the Homecoming Football Game, the final event on the calendar. This year WIU faces Youngstown State and former Nebraska Head Coach, Bo Pelini.




Moon over Macomb

Moon over Macomb will be presented on Oct. 20 in downtown Macomb. The event will feature
the Farmers Market, costume parade, Haunted Museum and other Halloween activities for all
Moon over Macomb will have the WIU Theatre students perform mini-plays of your favorite
Halloween books. Families are welcome to stay for as many interactive stories as they want.
The event will host Squeeze to Please owner, Julie Hood. She will be cooking caramel apples,
hot cider, coffee and more.
Downtown Development Director Kristin Terry said she and other organizers have been
working hard to make this year’s Moon over Macomb the best one yet.
For more details about Moon over Macomb, visit their facebook page


Sports Report 9-24-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/24/18




The bears won a difficult game with Arizona yesterday, with the final score being 16-14. They needed a late field goal from kicker Cody Parkey to take the lead, as they had trailed 14-0 almost immediately out of the gate.


The defense stepped up once again, and it was the trio of Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith (rookie), and Khalil Mack who shone on Sunday. Mack had another sack/fumble combo, becoming the first player to have a sack and a fumble in 3 straight games since he himself did it in weeks 12-14 of 2016.


Offensively, the Bears had another “just enough to win” performance, as consistency was hard to come by. Arizona’s defense played the way many thought they would coming into the season, and they caused Trubisky fits all game long. Jordan Howard had the team’s lone touchdown, and he led the team in all purpose yards with 81.


All in all, it’s great to come away from three weeks in which the offense struggled as much as they did with a 2-1 record. You’d like to see the learning process for this offense go a little more smoothly than it has so far, but it’s nice for Trubisky, Nagy, and Helfrich to be able to get through the “feeling it out” phase while winning games.


Next week, the Bears draw the surprising 2-0 (their third game comes tonight against the Steelers) Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have been led by the downright shocking play of Ryan “Fitzmagic” Fitzpatrick and their scary receiving core. The Bears’ secondary will be tested harder than they have been all season when they take on Desean Jackson, Mike Evans, and OJ Howard.


Rest of NFL:


The NFC North’s play could not have gone better for Bears fans yesterday, as the Packers and Vikings both suffered shockingly bad losses. The Vikings were down 27-0 at halftime against the Bills and were not able to recover, as Kirk Cousins managed one meager touchdown on 55 passing attmepts. On the Packers’ side of things, they lost in blowout fashion, 31-17, to the Redskins. The lack of talent around Aaron Rodgers becomes more and more evident by the week, as they had nothing working Sunday. With every performance like this, Mike McCarthy’s seat becomes hotter.


Elsewhere, what shaped up to be a great quarterback battle between the Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes) and 49’ers (Jimmy Garropolo) was ruined when “Jimmy G” went down with an apparent ACL injury, and was carted off the field.


The Saints won an absolute thriller of a game with the Falcons, 43-37, in Overtime. The Saints got huge plays all game out of Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, who combined for 253 receiving yards. To put that in perspective, Drew Brees had 396 passing yards total.


Around the rest of the league, Matt Patricia picked up his first win over his former boss as the Lions beat the Patriots on Sunday Night Football, 26-10. Kerryon Johnson became the first Lions running back with a 100-yard game since Reggie Bush in 2013. Following this game, a report came out suggesting Rob Gronkowski may have quit football if he was traded by the Patriots last offseason. It was rumored a package was on the table but pulled back by New England.


The Dolphins got to 3-0 for the first time since 2013 with a 28-20 win over Oakland.


Carson Wentz picked up a win in his first start since last December, Sunday, throwing a touchdown pass. The Eagles beat the Colts 20-16.


Christian McCaffery had nearly 200 yards of total offense as the Panthers beat the Bengals 31-21.


Lastly, Ryan Fitzpatrick leads the Buccaneers into a Monday Night Football matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight. The Steelers, as of yesterday, are listening to offers on estranged running back Le’Veon Bell.


Tiger Woods:


Tiger Woods picked up his 80th career PGA Tour win yesterday, holding off a pack of competitors at the Tour Championship Tournament in Atlanta.


Woods finished -11 and held a 3 shot lead after 54 holes for the 24th time in 24 tries for his career.


The win strengthens his hold on second place in the all-time PGA Tour Wins list, 2 behind Sam Snead with 82.





Tickborne Heartland Virus

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois has reported its first case of Tickborne Heartland Virus.


A resident of Kankakee test positive for the virus that was likely spread by a Lone Star tick.


The side effects from being bitten by a tick may include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and diarrhea.


It is important to protect yourself while you are outside, some helpful tips are:


  • Wear light-colored and protective clothing

  • Apply insect repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET

  • Check yourself and those with you for ticks every two to three hours

  • Walk in the center of trails so you are not brushing against grass


For more information, visit the IDPH website.



Rail Safety Week Begins Next Week 9/23/18 - 9/29/18

Illinois is 2nd in the nation for railroad crossing fatalities. The Illinois State Police began rail safety
initiatives to prevent injuries and deaths related to trains.
District 14 Commander Jon Dively is promoting rail safety in the district with Rail Safety Week.
This will take place Sept. 23-29.
Dively will be heavily enforcing the laws that pedestrians and motorist typically disobey.
Officers will be citing motorists who stop their vehicle on railroad tracks and pedestrians that
ignore warning lights.
For more details surrounding Rail Safety Week, visit week-2017


Sports Report 9-21-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/21/18




Macomb draws Effingham this week for their homecoming game.


Coming off of a tough loss, they’ll be looking to rebound in a big way. They need a win, and cannot see themselves get blown out in back to back weeks and on homecoming night.


I think they come out physical and motivated and pull out a hard-fought win this week.




Browns picked up their first win last night since December 24, 2016, 6 weeks after Cubs’ World Series win.


Game was very drab, boring until Mayfield came in late in 2nd quarter. Mayfield provided Browns fans joy and hope that they have not seen since the Cavaliers won the championship in that same 2016 year.


Mayfield showed a little Brees in his performance last night, though to be clear, I am absolutely not making the outright comparison.


Despite his efforts and obvious talents, I think he should be on the bench again next week, though that’s not likely what will happen.


If he is on the bench, both he and Tyrod Taylor know that Taylor’s leash is incredibly much shorter, and it will not take too much for the Browns to pull the plug all together and make Mayfied their QB of the present.




It’s White Sox World Series Weekend! All jokes aside, though, the Cubs need a series victory at minimum over their crosstown rivals.


The Cubs will need their offense to keep the momentum they gained against Arizona to continue, and will need the starting pitching to keep their roll going as well. The bullpen is depleted as ever now, and they will need their starters to keep going deep into games.


The White Sox will be looking to improve following a 4-10 stretch recently that has seen Carlos Rodon revert a little and the offense tail off. They will be relying heavily on young stud Reynaldo Lopez to pull them through tonight, and they will be looking to play spoilers on the Cubs’ division title hopes.




The Bears play a very winnable game this Sunday against the 0-2 Arizona cardinals. The Cardinals have had nothing going on offense, and their defense has struggled, though it is still very capable of putting up a good performance.


This is a game Jordan Howard could easily dominate, as he is averaging 4.0 yards per carry on only 29 carries through the first two weeks. This week could also see a huge showing from their other tailback, the exciting Tarik Cohen. Cohen presents a lot of different challenges for any defense, and he should wreak havoc on this damaged Cardinals unit.


Despite the struggles, Arizona has an offense with weapons that have to be accounted for at al times in David Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. They will need the middle of the defense to be strong once again, and they’ll need starting cornerbacks Prince Amukamara and Kyle Fuller to be strong again to thwart the potential of Larry Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and Ricky Seals-Jones.


I think the Bears’ defense comes out strong once again, the run game grows in its dominance as the game goes on, and the Bears pull out a 24-13 win.





Western Illinois Museum presents "The Blind Swine Speakeasy" this Friday - 9/21/18

This Friday, the Western Illinois Museum is the letting the good times roll once again with The Blind Swine Speakeasy.
Experience the roaring 20s with the event/exhibit. It will feature the WIU Swing Club showing
attendees how to cut a rug and play Exquisite Corpse. There will also be a viewing of Mickey
Mouse’s screen debut. John Vana, Whitney Ashe and Matt Hughes will present the musical
entertainment for the evening.
The event takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Guests can enter the speakeasy through the
backdoor of the museum. However, everyone must have the password to get in, which can be
found on the museum’s Facebook page. A $5 donation is suggested.
Contact the Western Illinois Museum at 309-837-2750 or email: regarding
information on the upcoming event.


Macomb Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cutting ceremony for Midwest Grass and Forage

The Ambassadors Committee of Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed an agriculture
retail shop to a new area yesterday.
Midwest Grass and Forage was relocated to 1300 E. University Drive, Macomb. This move was
celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The business provides turf, lawn and feed products.
Right now, Midwest Grass and Forage are accepting Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce gift
certificates. They are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visit their website at or call them at 309-837-1870 for more information.


Macomb city street crack sealing project begins next week - 9/24/18

Cracks in multiple roads will be sealed throughout Macomb next week. The Macomb Public Works
Department will be working diligently to get the project completed from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. starting Sept. 24.
The department appreciates public cooperation during these times as traffic will be
interrupted. Contact Public Works at 309-833-2821 for more details.


MDH Offering First Aid and CPR Classes in October

Community First Aid and CPR classes will be underway shortly at McDonough District Hospital
The First Aid course will be presented Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. in Auditorium A. The class features real-
life situations, modern techniques and injury prevention. It will cover tips on how to aid adults,
children and infants. The class will follow the American Heart Association guidelines.
The following week, on Oct. 9 at 6 p.m., the CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) will be held in
Auditoriums A & B and the Auxiliary conference room. If someone you know where to choke or
stop breathing, this program will provide you with tips on how to fix the individual’s blocked
Both courses have a $40 fee and each person must pre-register. To register contact MDH
Outreach Services at 309-836-1584. Visit the MDH website to learn more about their Community Classes.


Macomb Police officers awarded for Bravery

MACOMB --  Two Macomb Police Officers were awarded this past week for their bravery and service.


Officer Cary Carrillo received a Life Saving Award after saving jumping into a flooded storm pipe and creek to save a 5-year-old girl with autism.


Officer Troy Shoudel also received a Life Saving Award after giving crucial first aid to a motorcyclist who had crashed.


Congratulations are in order for both Officer Shoudel and Carrillo.


Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert Test set for Oct. 3

Expect to receive an emergency alert via cellphone on Oct. 3. The nationwide wireless
emergency test was originally scheduled for this week. However, Hurricane Florence has forced
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to move it to early next month.
On Oct. 3 around 1:18 pm, most wireless devices will receive the text “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” The message does not cost receivers. There are three categories of alerts sent through the system: imminent threat alerts about emergencies like extreme weather, AMBER alerts, and Presidential alerts about national consequence emergencies.
For more information about the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) and Emergency Alert System (EAS) visit


Ari's Entertainment Report 9-20-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)



The winner of “America’s Got Talent” was announced and not many were surprised when it was magician Shin Lim.


Lim is a 26-year-old award winning magician who decided to become a magician  only after having to give up his dreams of becoming a pianist due to carpal tunnel.


He will receive 1 million dollars and the opportunity to headline in Las Vegas in November.




Tyra Banks explains that while Lindsay Lohan will NOT play the main role of “Life Size 2” she will make some sort of appearance.


Banks also explains that the producers of the movie have involved Lohan in a clever way and that you will have to see it to find out what Lohan does.


The original “Life Size” premiered 17 years ago.




Adam Levine and the rest of Maroon 5 are set to headline Super Bowl LIII.


While the band has not made an official announcement, fans are already excited for the performance.  


Super Bowl LIII will take place on Feb 3. At Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.




WLMD 104.7fm is Down (listening to Cubs Games)

WLMD 104.7fm suffered a catastrophic loss to its transmitting system. As a result, all live sports will be heard on WMQZ 104.1fm. WLMD is streaming live at as well. Our engineering department is working diligently to restore the station. Check back here for further updates. 


Thank you,


Regional Media.


National Sports Report 9-19-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul)

Sports Update 9/19/18




Josh Gordon’s trade from the Cleveland Browns to the New England Patriots became official on Tuesday, with a conditional 5th round pick going back to the Browns. Gordon now gets the chance to be a number one receiver alongside the greatest quarterback of all time, Tom Brady.


In Pittsburgh, Antonio Brown did not show up to Steelers practice on Monday. He has also been active on twitter telling smack-talking fans, “trade me”. This just adds more gasoline to the proverbial dumpster fire that has become the Steelers’ 2018 season. Being such a storied, consistent franchise, this kind of dysfunction cannot sit well with team alumni and fans.


To Philadelphia, Carson Wentz will get his first start in almost a year this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles have brought him along slowly as Nick Foles has done an admirable job subbing for him, but Foles’ magic appears to be running out and it’s time to hand to the keys to Philly’s high-powered offense back to the franchise quarterback.


Elsewhere, a group of NFL Hall-of-Famers, led by Eric Dickerson, has begun demanding health insurance for life along with a yearly salary for being a Hall-of-Famer. While I agree with the premise here and absolutely agree on the health insurance, the salary demand reeks of selfishness. Most NFL Hall-of-Famers have significant incomes whether it be as analysts for ESPN, CBS, FOX and other outlets, or as spokesmen for the league, and the folks who need the salary would be the majority of NFL retirees who are not Hall-of-Famers. If they begin to include the entire list of retired players in their demands, they will have my support, but not a minute sooner.


MLB: NL Central:


The Cubs have picked up wins in the first two games of an early week, 3 game set with Arizona, winning yesterday’s game 9-1. They’ve (typically) been backed by the performance of Javier Baez, who has hit home runs 32 and 33 over the last two days and has seen his RBI total jump to 107. Baez, in my opinion, is now the clear front-runner for NL MVP.


Elsewhere, the Cardinals opened a series against the Braves on Monday and have taken the first two, while the Brewers have split the first two in a 3 game set with the Reds. St. Louis now only sits two games back of Milwaukee for the first spot (home park) in the NL wild-card race, and it would not shock me in the least if the Cardinals leap-frog the Brewers for the right to host that game.


Rest of MLB:


After taking three of four from the Cardinals over the weekend, the Dodgers have picked up wins in each of their first two games in a three game set with Colorado that began yesterday. The Dodgers now hold a game and a half advantage over the Rockies, and their super-powered offense is finally starting to consistently look the part. They look like a scary proposition for any opponent in the NL Playoffs.


Out East, the Braves look to really have the NL East wrapped up, with a 5.5 game lead over second place Philadelphia. Much like Arizona, Philly has really fallen off the pace as the second half has developed, and now sit farther back in the wild card race than they do in the division.


In the AL, Tampa Bay Rays’ pitcher Blake Snell became the first pitcher in baseball to win 20 games, and the first AL pitcher since Rick Porcello had 22 in 2016. He is also the first Ray since David Price won 20 in his Cy Young-winning 2012 season. He racked up his 200th strikeout as well in this one, and he looks like the leader in the AL Cy Young race.



$2,214,738 Grant Announced for Quad City International Airport

WASHINGTON-- Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced today that funds will go toward the Quad City International Airport to modernize infrastructure and guarantee safety.
A grant of $2,214,738 will be used to reconstruct lighting systems on runways and six Taxiways
to increase visibility in bad conditions.
“This is good news for travelers flying in and out of the Quad Cities. Today’s funding will help improve service, safety, and efficiency at Quad City International Airport -- which benefits the entire region,” said Durbin. “I am proud to work alongside Representative Bustos and Senator Duckworth to bring this important investment to our state and will continue working to strengthen our infrastructure.”
Bustos, Durbin and Duckworth have been supporting renovations of multiple airports across the state. They all agree that these investments will improve the local economy and safety of travelers.


Local Organizations Encouraged to Participate in U.S. Cellular Community Connections Program

U.S. Cellular’s Community Connections program is launching for a 4th time in an effort to
support the local youth with expenses.
Organizations in Macomb are encouraged to participate. Their duties would include following
U.S. Cellular on social media outlets, watching videos and answering surveys to earn up to
Director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Illinois Nakeita Stewart said this is a valuable experience for
youth that will help them achieve their personal goals.
“As we enter the fourth year of this program, we realize that it is all about helping our
communities connect to the good in all of us, and we encourage Macomb area youth leaders to
visit the website and see how easy it is to earn money for their group,” Stewart said.
Each organization has 10 days to complete the online activities given to them once they sign up.
More details can be found at


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Accepting Applications Oct. 1

Heating assistance will soon be available for some households. On Oct. 1, seniors and disabled
residents of Hancock, Henderson, McDonough, and Warren counties can apply for monetary
assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Families with children 5 or under and disconnected households can start applying November 1. Beginning Dec. 1, families of low income can apply for the program. Those wanting to receive
aid for their energy bill must not exceed the 30-day income requirement.
$1,518 for a one-person household
$2,058 for a two-person household
$2,598 for a three-person household
$3,138 for a four-person household
For each additional household member add $540
Each household applying must show proof of 30-day income, a copy of their heating and
electric bills, and social security cards for everyone living in the home. The assistance may be
applied toward current or past-due bills, late charge and fees.
To apply or for more information, contact the Western Illinois Regional Council-Community
Action Agency (WIRC-CAA) at 309-837-2997 


Ari's Entertainment Report 9-18-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 18. Continue reading for the details on the 70th Annual Emmy Awards and Ariana Grande/Chrissy Teigen’s last name mispronunciation.




The 70th Annual Emmy Awards took place at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif. and premiered on NBC.


The night was filled with celebrities, fashion, trophies, speeches, and even a proposal.


Scarlett Johansson was spotted wearing an elegant white gown, Heidi Klum in blush pink, and Dakota Fanning even pulled off green this year.


Other fashion news -- Kaitlyn Bristowe, Bachelorette 11, had a wardrobe disaster during the awards show.


She shared on social media that her dress ripped in the back so she couldn’t stand to applaud the winners without giving the audience a show.


Thankfully, a man next to her offered his jacket for when she needed to stand.


In case you missed it, Glenn Weiss popped the question to now wife Jan Svendsen on stage after winning Directing for a Variety Special.


Other Winners:

Drama Series - “Game of Thrones”

Actress in a Drama Series - Claire Foy ("The Crown")

Reality-Competition Program -  “Rupaul’s Drag Race”

Comedy Series - “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”


For a complete list of the winners, check out




Celebrities are finally admitting that we have been saying their names wrong for quite some time now.


In the last few weeks stars Chrissy Teigen and Ariana Grande have both admitted that their last name is not pronounced the way we think it is.


Grande admits in an interview that her grandpa always pronounced the name GRAN-DEE not GRAN-DAY.


While Teigen takes to social media saying her last name is pronounced TIE-GEN and not TEE-GEN.


Teigen goes on to say that she “gave up a long time ago” but now we know its TIE-GEN and GRAN-DEE.



MDH Announces Flu Clinic Dates in October

It’s time to get this year’s flu shot. McDonough District Hospital (MDH) Home Health Care is
sponsoring community clinics throughout October, so residents can get a flu shot easily.
Oct. 1 from 1-2 p.m. at Grand Prairie Assistant Living, 1307 Meadowlark Ln, Macomb.
Oct. 3 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Courtyard Estates, 1201 N. Cole St., Bushnell.
Oct. 3 from 2-4 p.m. at Bushnell Family Practice, 1150 N. Cole St., Bushnell.
Oct. 4 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Citizens Bank, 127 S. Side Square, Macomb.
Oct. 9 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Industry Senior Center, 103 N. Downen St., Industry.
Oct. 10 from 9-10 a.m. at Table Grove State Bank, 121 S. Broadway, Table Grove.
Oct. 10 from 3-4 p.m. at Macomb City Hall, 232 E. Jackson St, Macomb.
Oct. 11 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Farmers and Merchants State Bank of Bushnell, 484 East Main
St., Bushnell.
Oct. 12 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at YMCA Senior Center, 400 E. Calhoun St., Macomb.
Oct. 17 from 9-10 a.m. at Colchester Senior Center, 114 W. Depot St., Colchester.
Oct. 17 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Blandinsville Christian Church, 230 W. Washington St.,
Oct. 17 from 1:30-3 p.m. at Bushnell Recreation & Senior Center, 300 Miller St., Bushnell.
Oct. 19 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at American Legion, 221 E. Washington St., Macomb.
This year’s vaccine will cover four strains of the flu virus. On the scheduled days, all participants
must be at least 18 years old, unless authorized by their primary care provider.
The shot is $35, expect Medicare B Recipients can obtain the vaccination for free. Please bring
proof if you a recipient. Everyone must wear a short sleeve shirt to get the shot.
Contact the MDH Heath Care at 309-836-1544 for more information.


Sports Update 9/17/18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul Mellema)





WIU picked up a massive win over FCS #15 Montana 31-27 in their home-opener on Saturday, September 15. The Leathernecks were propelled to victory by a huge fourth-quarter comeback that saw Steve McShane look like the weapon we know him to be and Sean McGuire look like the quarterback we need him to be.


A big part of why this win was so big is what it does for them record was. It sounds cliché, but the difference between 0-3 and 1-2 is monumentally large. The win now gives them a shot at .500 in their next game as opposed to being at best 1-3 or at worst 0-4 had they lost this game.


The ‘Necks have a bye week next week before taking on Youngstown State and former Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini in their homecoming game on Saturday, September 29, with kickoff scheduled for 3 PM.


Other CFB:


This weekend in College Football saw a number of major upsets occur. Three of them happened in the Big Ten alone, as Wisconsin fell to BYU at Camp Randall, Nebraska lost to Troy in Lincoln, and Northwestern lost to Akron at home. The other major upset was Arkansas getting swamped by the Mean Green of North Texas in Fayetteville by a score of 44-17.


Most of the top part of the top 25 remained the same, but this week’s poll saw the addition of two teams who have not been there in quite some time. BYU was ranked for the first time since 2015 and Boston College will see a number by their name for the first time since week 13 of the 2008 season. This is the first time both teams have been ranked at the same time since they were #21 and #22 in that week 13 AP Poll in 2008.




The Cubs lost the series finale against the Reds on Sunday, September 16, to tighten the division a little more. Their lead sits at 2.5 games over the Brewers and 5.5 games over St. Louis.


The loss to Cincy brings the season series against the Reds to a close, finishing 11-8 in favor of the Cubs.


The Cubs will now head to Arizona for what should be a difficult, albeit exciting 3 game set with the Diamondbacks. Milwaukee gets the Reds in their next series, and the next three days could really define how the race sets up for the last few weeks of the year.




The Bears will be playing a depleted Seahawks team tonight, as Seattle will be without starting linebackers KJ Wright and Bobby Wagner in addition to their top receiving threat in Doug Baldwin. Guard DJ Fluker is listed as doubtful, and Seattle cannot afford to lose any  more offensive lineman.


The Seahawks will, however, be bolstered by the introduction of Mychal Kendricks, who is appealing his suspension that was the result of an indictment on insider trading charges.


On the Bears’ side of things, Matt Nagy has said that Roquan Smith has earned more playing time this week, and I fully expect a much heavier workload for him, Leonard Floyd, and Khalil Mack as they look to tighten the screws on a wounded Seahawks team.


Overall, I think Trubisky has a better performance (i.e. more deep throws), and Jordan Howard gets fed like the beast he’s supposed to be. I think the defense wrecks the Seahawks’ already bloodied offensive line and the Bears win 28-14.





WIU Free Flu Shots!

MACOMB --   “Don’t let the flu stop you”.


WIU students have the opportunity to get a free flu shot on Oct. 10, 19, 22, Nov. 1, and 6 at Western Illinois University Beu Health Center flu shot clinics.


The clinic on Oct. 10 will happen during the Health and Wellness Fair at the Spencer Student Recreation Center from 11:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


All other flu shots clinics are open from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and will be located in the University Union Concourse.   


A valid WIU ID must be presented at the clinic.


For any questions, contact Beu Health Center at (309) 298-1888


Farm 2 Fork! (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Gordan Rands)


Western Illinois University will be hosting its second annual “Farm2Fork” meal on Wednesday, September 26, from 6 PM-8 PM.


The meal will be hosted in the University Union’s Lamione Room, located near the Burger King. Registration for this event is due by September 18 and you can register at, or by calling (309) 298-1861.


General admission tickets will cost $22.50, while WIU student tickets will cost $10 with your rocky dollar account.


The menu will feature more mediterranean style cuisine and will include items like bruschetta with erice-style tomato sauce and roasted beets, chicken empanadas, ratatouille over polenta, green beans with tomatoes and baguettes, and many more.


All food served will be procured from local producers, and the meals will be prepared by Dietic Communication and Education students from Lauri Kanauss’ class.



Sports Report 9-14-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Paul Mellema)




The Cubs beat the Nationals 4-3 in 10 innings in a makeup game from a rainout last Sunday. Javy Baez had the go-ahead RBI in the top of the 10th on a bunt single that scored Kris Bryant.


The win came with some rather unfortunate news, however, as Pedro Strop went down with an apparent lower leg/ankle injury while running to first base in the top of the 10th. This could spell danger for the Cubs, as the bullpen is already being stretched by the ridiculous road trip the team has embarked on.


Overall, the Cubs sit at 19-13 on this crazy stretch of games that hasn’t seen them get an official off day since August 9. The Cubs are now in the final legs of this run, as they get Cincinnati at home for 3 games starting today, then go to Arizona for three before they finally get an off day September 20.




The Bengals beat the Ravens on Thursday Night Football last night, September 13, by a score of 34-23. The Bengals were powered by AJ Green’s 3 touchdown performance, all 3 of which came on his first 3 catches.


Elsewhere, the Seahawks have signed former Eagles (Super Bowl champ) and Browns linebacker Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks was cut by the Browns following an indictment on an insider trading charge. Kendricks is expected to start for the Seahawks on Monday night in Chicago against the Bears.


Lastly, Jalen Ramsey said in an interview recently that he would tackle every member of his family, including his grandma, if they were to step out on the field. I think this kind of trash talk is phenomenal for the game, as so much of the NFL is about on-field performance and keeping it clean and professional off the field. It’s nice to see someone letting their personality shine.




MDH Offering Free Childbirth Classes

Thursday, Sept. 27 kicks off the free Childbirth and Infant Care classes at McDonough District
Hospital (MDH). The course takes place from 6 -8 p.m. in Auditorium B.
The first course focuses on breastfeeding. A certified Lactation Counselor will provide insight on
correct techniques on breastfeeding, along with other valuable information on the matter.
The following class, which is Thursday, Oct. 4 from 6- 8 p.m., emphasizes on Cesarean Section
birth and why some expecting mothers have to resort to the surgery. Dr. Tamara Smith,
OB/GYN will be providing the information on Cesarean Section births.
The Postpartum Care and Understanding Your Newborn class will be featured on Oct. 11, while
the eight-hour L.A.T.E class is offered Oct. 20. The L.A.T.E course focuses on the four stages of
labor – Latent, Active, Transition and Expulsion. Relaxation tips and a tour of the Obstetrics
Department will also be highlighted.
For more information on the Childbirth courses at MDH, visit or call the
Obstetrics Department at 309-836-1570.


Grant Announced for Quad City International Airport

The Quad City International Airport was granted $444,128 to expand the service road for safety
reasons. Congresswoman Cheri Bustos and Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth
announced today that the money serves to make operations more organized.
The three also announced that funding for the lighting systems for Runway 9/27 and Taxiway H
at the airport is secured. This will also enhance safety at the Quad City International Airport.


District 47 Community Colleges Receive Capital Funding

Carl Sandburg College, John Wood Community College and Spoon River College will get a cut of
the capital funding provided for Illinois community colleges. According to Sen. Jil Tracy, those
three institutions will receive $320,000 of the millions of dollars in funding.
Sen. Tracy said the money will go toward renovation and basic repairs each school needs. Carl
Sandburg College will use $45,000 of the funds to replace the roof, $37,000 for an exit ramp in
the library and will replace a floor due to a flood, which will cost $31,900.
John Wood Community College is building an automation system ($75,770) and a cellular
passive distributed antenna system ($30,440).
Lastly, Spoon River College will receive $100,310 to modernize the Canton campus science lab.
Gov. Bruce Rauner said this will make the state more appealing for business owners.
"The funds we’re releasing are included in the bipartisan budget we signed earlier this year,”
Rauner said. “Every dollar we’re investing in these capital projects helps our communities
deliver better service to businesses and residents. That’s how government can play a positive
role in the Illinois economy.”


Comm-UNNITY Celebration by Interfaith Alliance of Macomb

MACOMB -- The Interfaith Alliance of Macomb is sponsoring a Community Celebration in Chandler Park on Sept. 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


The goal of the event is to foster understanding and celebrate the community’s diversity.


Join the Interfaith Alliance of Macomb for music, children’s activities, brief words from members of various local religious communities, and a candlelit closing.


For more information check out the Interfaith of Alliance of Macomb Facebook page, or contact Rev. Kelly Ingersoll at or (309) 837-6473





Fish Sale!

MACOMB --  It’s time to think about stocking the pond -- with pre-ordered fish!


The McDonough County Soil and Water Conservation District is accepting orders for its spring fish sale.


Fish available include grass carp, hybrid sunfish, bluegill, redear, largemouth bass, channel catfish, albino catfish, black crappie, and fathead minnows.


Orders will continue until Sept. 19 for Grass Carp and Sept. 24 for all other fish.


To obtain an order blank, call the SWCD office at (309) 833-1711, ext 3.



Ari's Entertainment report 9-13-18 (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Ari)

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 13. Continue reading for the details on Dancing with the Stars, BTS, and Blake Lively’s Anniversary.




The 27th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” cast was revealed this week on “Good Morning America”.


The cast includes Joe Amabile, Alexis Ren, Bobby Bones, and more!


Watch “Dancing with the Stars” on Sept. 24




BTS is a Korean Boy Band with a big goal for the 2018 year.


The boys announced in an interview that they would like to help people with their music.


More specifically, help mend the younger generations who need music as a guide.


Check out the band’s new album Love Yourself: Answer anywhere you listen to music.




There is no doubt these two love birds are known for their social media jokes.


But when it comes to their anniversary nothing is off the table -- literally.


Lively admitted on “Good Morning America” that besides the social media fun, the two stars did nothing, and that was the best thing.


They say that less in more, and in this case it was the truth.


Congratulations on six years and many more to come!



VFW Flea Market to Open This Weekend! (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with Larry Smith VFW Commander)


The Macomb VFW Post will be putting on a Flea Market this Saturday, September 15, from 8 AM-5 PM.


The Post will be serving food and drinks all day, including hot dogs, steam burgers, homemade tenderloins, soda, and water.


They have also announced the 2019 dates for the Flea Market: April 13, May 11, June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14, and October 12.


The VFW also announced the start of their annual Fish Fry’s. The Fry’s will occur on the first and third Fridays, beginning with Friday September 21st, and every month through April.


For more information on these and other VFW events, you can call them at

(309) 837-1921, find them on Facebook at, or email them at




Buckshots and Blossoms! (Ft. Mark Hespen's interview with some of the cast!)



The Macomb Community Theatre will be showing the production “Buckshots and Blossoms” over the next few weekends. The official dates are: September 14-15 at 7:30, September 21-22 at 7:30, and September 23 at 2:00 PM. The show will feature a cast made up almost entirely of local youth.


“Buckshots and Blossoms” is a story that takes us all the way back to the old west. It features a story tied around a villainous gang of criminals and their battles with the new town sheriff.  


Tickets will be $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students aged 13+, and $6 for children aged 12 and under. Cash or check will only be accepted, and reservations can be had by calling the theater at (309) 837-1828 or emailing them at Reservations are strongly recommended by the theatre.


Come out for what is sure to be a night filled with excitement!




National Sports Report 9-12-18 (ft. Paul's interview w/Mark Hespen)





The Cubs picked up a massive 3-0 win last night over Milwaukee.


Jose Quintana pitched a 6.0 inning 3-hitter and the Cubs were able to get just enough offense to maximize the effectiveness of his outing.


The division lead now sits at 2 over Milwaukee and 3.5 over St. Louis, who kept on rolling with an 11-5 mashing of Pittsburgh last night.




Chris Sale returned to throw an inning for the Red Sox as they became the first team in baseball to clinch a postseason berth.


The team is projected to win 109 games and win the American League East.




The US Men’s National Team (soccer) picked up a big friendly win over Mexico last night, with a final score of 1-0.


Tyler Adams took advantage of the 67’ red card from Mexico by scoring the game’s only goal in the 70’.


That the team was able to win without Christian Pulisic or DeAndre Yedlin is impressive, and the young players shone last night. The future is bright for this team as they look to rebound from missing the 2018 World Cup.




Four School Districts Join Illinois' Competency-Based Education Pilot Program

Four Illinois school districts are participating in a new pilot program that requires competency-
based practices to graduate.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that Illinois Valley Central School
District 321 in Peoria County, Mattoon Community Unite School District 2, Quincy School
District 172 and Warren Community Unit School District 205 are taking on the state’s
Competency-based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program.
The program, supported by the federal Strengthening Career and Technical Education (CTE),
allows students to experience real-world business and career pursuits before college.
“Competency-based education is the future of college and career preparation, and Illinois
intends to be a leader,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The
reauthorization of the CTE Act occurs as we transform college and career readiness in Illinois.
CTE creates opportunities for students to explore careers, while building academic knowledge
and transferrable skills. Competency-based systems allow all of that learning to count.”
Students will gain experience and skill through apprenticeships, internships and in-class work.
Each district gets to create their own system for teaching. The pilot program has reached 19
school districts across the state.
More information about the program is available at


MDH Offering Three L.I.F.E. Classes in October

There will be three different L.I.F.E. (Learning is ForEver) courses offered at McDonough District
Hospital (MDH) throughout October.
Jen Wagoner, MTP, CVR will lead the first course, titled “Spinning, Whirling, and Twirling – Why
am I Dizzy?” The program will focus on the causes and treatments available for dizziness,
vertigo and decreased balanced. This course will be held Oct. 4 in Auditoriums A and B from 10-
11:30 a.m. Participants are welcome to a free vestibular screening following the presentation.
“Your Medication – keeping Safe in a Changing Healthcare World” will be presented on Oct. 23
from 4- 5 p.m. in Auditoriums A and B. MDH Pharmacy Department Leader Jason Williamson
will speak to the audience about controlled substance use and misuse, proper medication
disposal and other current issues with medication.
Cardiopulmonary Department Leader Suellen Carmody-Menzer and Cardiopulmonary Nurse
Practitioner Peggy Jones will teach the third course, “Cardiovascular and Respiratory Tests and
Treatments.” The program will be presented in the same locations on Oct. 31 from 12:30- 2:30
p.m. The discussions will include prevention and treatment options for cardiac, vascular and
pulmonary problems. Attendees will also receive a tour of the treatment facilities.
Pre-registration online at and a fee of $5 is required to attend each course. Call the number 309-298-1911 for more information.


Ameren and WIRC Hosting a Community Bill Assistance Event

Ameren Illinois and the Western Illinois Regional Council are hosting a customer service event to
aid people with their bill payments.
The event takes place on Sept. 18 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Spoon River College Outreach
Center, 2500 E. Jackson St., Macomb. Ameren Illinois customers can attend to obtain answers
about their payments and how to reduce their monthly bills.
McDonough, Hancock, Henderson and Warren County residents with low-income are eligible
for one-time grants of up to $150. The money would go toward their energy bill.
Attendees should bring a recent Ameren Illinois bill, proof of 30-day income and a photo ID.


Spoon River College's Open House

MACOMB -- Spoon River College will be holding an open house at the Macomb Campus on Sept. 12 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.


The event is open to the public and features a campus tour, classroom demonstrations, and a visit with faculty and advisors.  


Attendees ages 16-years-old and up also have the opportunity win a free laptop.


For more details, visit or call 1-800-degrees




Entertainment Report! 9-11-18

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 11. Continue reading for the details on Minaj and Cardi B’s feud, Mac Miller’s death, and Heidi Klum ignoring a text message.




Minaj and Cardi B are one in the same -- both queens in the world of rap.


The two stars got into a feud at a NYCFW event when Minaj allegedly made a comment about Cardi B’s parenting.


This alleged comment turned into Cardi B throwing her high heel towards Minaj.


Cardi B was later seen being escorted away but that didn’t stop the two from taking the feud to elsewhere.


Minaj said recently in her podcast that she was mortified at what happened and that she would never speak about someone's parenting.


No matter what happened, there is no doubt that the two stars are the matter of the moment.




Mac Miller passed away from an alleged drug overdose on Sept. 7.


Internet users are now blaming Ariana Grande for the death of the 26-year-old.


It is no surprise that Miller and Grande’s relationship came back into the spotlight after his death.


But Ariana shuts down the chatter with a heartwarming photo of Miller on her Instagram.


While the photo had no caption, it proves that actions are louder than words.   




45-year-old Heidi Klum admits to ignoring Drake via text message.


She admits on the “Ellen Show” that she is sorry she didn't text the rapper back but that she still does enjoy his music.


Klum did find love with Tom Kaulitz who is the guitarist of Tokio Hotel. However, Drake appears to be single.



WIU Curriculum Library Booksale

Today until Sept. 12, The Curriculum Library of the Western Illinois University Libraries is
holding a book sale from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The sale features a wide assortment of books that all cost $3 and under. Picture books, young
adult fiction and informational books are available for purchase. All proceeds will benefit the
library to buy new materials.
The book sale is open to the public, and buyers must pay in cash only. Refunds or exchanges are
not permitted.
Contact Unit Coordinator David Macchi at 309-298-1101 or at for more


Sales Tax Guide Available for Out-of-State Sellers

The Illinois Department of Revenue is making it easier on remote sellers by providing them with
online resources to aide them with collecting Illinois sales tax.
Beginning on October 1, out-of-state sellers will remit Illinois Use tax on cumulative sales of
$100,000 or more, or 200 or more separate transactions, according to Illinois Public Act 100-
Sellers should visit for guidance on Illinois’s new law. The website features
an informational bulletin, FAQs, tax matrix and more.


Weekend Sports Recap, Bears, Bombers, and Leathernecks! (Mark Hespen's Interview with Paul on K100)





Macomb’s varsity football team picked up a big 34-6 victory on Friday night over Blue Ridge.


The team was led by a much more aggressive start from their offensive and defensive lines, and the play of their sophomore quarterback, VJ Lane.


The team was also bolstered by the return of running back Bryan Farkas, who led a revitalization of the Bombers run game


The Bombers play away at Mount Zion this Friday night with kickoff set for 7 PM.




The Leatherneck Football team started strong, but ultimately couldn’t hold up against the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this weekend. The final score was 34-14.


This is a tough one, because as mediocre of a Big Ten (D1-A) team as the Illini are, they are still a Big Ten team and WIU is still an FCS (D1-AA) school.


The talent difference became more and more evident by the end of the game, and Western comes away 0-2.


They play host to Montana in the home-opening contest this Saturday with kickoff scheduled for 3 PM.




The Cubs dropped a strange series to the Nationals this weekend, a series that saw a 4 hour delay Friday night before a postponement, a delay before that game’s restart, and another postponement Sunday afternoon.


This was nearly a catastrophic weekend for them, as the Brewers pulled all the way to within 2 games of the division lead.


The Cubs will look to take at least a series win as they begin a 3 game set with Milwaukee at home tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM.




The Bears kicked off their 2018 season in heartbreaking fashion last night, with a 24-23 loss in Lambeau Field to the Green Bay Packers.


The first half was a dream for Bears fans, as it saw Khalil Mack look to be worth every dime of the $90 million he received in guarantees on his $141 million extension. It also saw he and rookie Roquan Smith combine for a sack of Deshone Kizer on Smith’s debut snap.


Mitchell Trubisky also showed great flashes in the first half, as he drove the team up and down the field in Matt Nagy’s creative new offense. Jordan Howard, Tarik Cohen, Allen Robinson, Trey Burton, Anthony Miller, and Taylor Gabriel looked like a scary skill position group throughout the first half.


The key play in the first half occurred when Roy Robertson-Harris landed on Aaron Rodgers’ knee, forcing him out until the beginning of the second half.


Once Rodgers did come back, the Packers took over. Rodgers led gutsy drive after gutsy drive to lead the Packers all the way back from a 20-0 deficit, only to win the game 24-23 on a (stop me if you’ve heard this before) long touchdown catch by Randall Cobb.


All in all, there were encouraging things to take away (Trubisky’s first half, front seven performance) and discouraging things to take away (Trubisky’s second half, secondary performance, timid play calling in crucial moments), but the Bears showed glimpses of a bright future.


The Bears will look to rebound as they head to Seattle for a road matchup Monday night versus the Seahawks. This will be a matchup where the communication skills and the chemistry of Trubisky and Nagy will surely be tested, as Seattle is always a loud and difficult place to play.




Macomb City Council Meeting Agenda for Monday - 9/10/18

Macomb City Hall is holding their Committee of the Whole meeting
on Monday, September, 10, 2018 at 5:15 p.m.
The agenda includes the proclamation of National Suicide
Awareness Prevention Month. The committee will also discuss
amending Chapter 17 Division 3 of the City of Macomb Municipal
In other business, the board will converse in their executive session
about Sec. 2(c)(1), Sec. 2(c)(2). Sec.2(c)(5), Sec. 2(c)(6) and Sec.
2(c)(11) of the Open Meetings Act.


MDH Golf Tournament Postponed

The MDH Golf Tournament scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed due to inclement weather until Sunday, September 9. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with tee-off at 9 a.m. at Gold Hills Golf Club.


Feel free to call the MDH Foundation office at (309) 836-1757 if you have any questions.



Gazebo Art Festival Relocation

The Gazebo Art Festival originally scheduled for Chandler Park will be moved inside to the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 E Side Sq, Macomb, IL.


The festival will still be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come browse and shop works like ceramics, photography, and jewelry from local artists tomorrow, September 8, 2018. 


Illinois Department Of Public Health Launches Targeted Vaccination Effort To Help Prevent Outbreaks

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and other local health departments are working
to make the hepatitis A vaccine easily accessible to people more susceptible to the infection.
Multiple states, even states bordering Illinois, have been reporting a hepatitis A epidemic. However, there has been no reported outbreaks in Illinois.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) disclosed there has been 2,500 reports of
hepatitis A within the last year. Sixty eight percent of people infected were drug users,
homeless or both.
Across Illinois, people at high-risk of the infection can get the hepatitis A vaccine at a free or
reduced cost from their local health department to help prevent an epidemic. These people
include homosexual men, drug users and the homeless.
Visit for more information about the hepatitis A infection and the vaccine.


Park N Cruise CANCELED 9-7-18

MACOMB -- The City of Macomb Downtown Development has canceled the Park N Cruise event for Sept. 7. due to inclement weather.


There are no further updates on the event, or if it will be rescheduled, but stay up-to-date on Macomb News Now.


Sports Update 9-7-18





Macomb looks to build on their impressive win over Canton last Friday as they play host to Blue Ridge tonight. The game has been moved to 6 PM at Hanson Field at WIU, with gates set to open at 5:15.


Macomb will be looking to establish their offensive and defensive lines early, as that seems to be what brought them into the game last week. Defensively, they will have to keep an eye on Blue Ridge quarterback Brady Masengale, who in their last game (loss) against the Oblong/Hutonsville/Palatine co-op team, accounted for around 87% of the team’s total yards.


College Football:


This weekend may not carry quite the number of impact games as last week, but there are still some matchups to watch out for.


Namely, #10 USC vs. #17 Stanford will be one to watch for, as Stanford running back, and Heisman hopeful, Bryce Love looks to get his campaign back on track following a rather disappointing week one.


#15 Michigan State has one of the tougher matchups of the week among top 25 teams, as they will head to the desert to take on Arizona State in a hostile environment in Tempe. Elsewhere in the Big Ten, #13 Penn State takes on Pitt in a bitter in-state rivalry.


The SEC presents a pair of intriguing matchups this weekend as #25 Florida takes on an unranked but hungry Kentucky team, while #3 Georgia gets their first real test as a top team against #24 South Carolina.




After dropping the first two games of their most recent series with the Brewers, the Cubs have righted the ship with back-to-back 6-4 wins over the Brewers on Wednesday, and the Nationals yesterday.


Daniel Murphy has kept right on slugging for this team, as he homered yet again on Wednesday. The home run brings his total to 4 with the Cubs to go along with a .306 batting average, 11 runs scored, and 7 RBIs.


Also, after months and months of injury issues, consistency questions, and all around below-average play, the Cubs seem to have found the key to good starting pitching. Cole Hamels has led the way since his arrival, as his 0.68 ERA earned him National League Pitcher of the Month honors for August. Over roughly the last month, their team ERA has been 3.16, which has brought the season mark to a much more respectable 3.68.


The Cubs play Washington tonight at 6:05 PM, finish the weekend with two more vs. Washington, and then hop right into a 3-game set with Milwaukee at home, beginning on Monday.




The NFL kicked its season off last night with Eagles-Falcons, and, to be honest, it was not the offensive firework show many expected.


The game finished 18-12 with Philadelphia picking up the win, and contained plenty of drama, but it seemed to more create anticipation for this Sunday than really create any hype for the game itself. One of the cooler moments of the game came when the Eagles recreated the “Philly Special” play, though on this occasion it was Nelson Agholor (Trey Burton signed with the Bears) throwing and Foles’ catch only resulted in a first down.


Speaking of this weekend, life springs new as we have reached the first NFL Sunday of the year. There are plenty of intriguing matchups throughout the day, though for me the highlights are Texans-Patriots among the 12 PM games, Chiefs-Chargers for the 3 PM games, and of course, Bears-Packers on Sunday Night Football.


It’s a matchup both teams’ fans have been anticipating since the schedule was announced, and it’s one that really could go either way. For the first time in a long time, the Bears don’t come into Lambeau significant underdogs (Packers 7.5 point favorites in Vegas), and they should give the Packers all they can handle.



Bridgeway Announces New Psychiatrist

Dr. Regina Le Verrier, MD is the new Board Certified Psychiatrist at Bridgeway. She joins the Psychiatry and Outpatient Services team after working for Bridgeway via telepsych over the summer.


Dr. Le Verrier graduated from the University of Miami medical school then went on to complete her residency in New York City and her fellowship in Public Psychiatry at Columbia.



She has been practicing psychiatry for 30 years. Areas of work include juvenile detention centers, emergency departments, hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.


Dr. Le Verrier focuses on drugs/alcohol users, LGBT clients and patients with anxiety, PTSD, psychosis and mood disorders. 



WIU BBQ Competition Announced for First Home Tailgate - 9/15/18

The Western Illinois University School of Agriculture and the University Union Board are partnering to hold the inaugural Food, Family, Farming, Football BBQ Competition on Family Day.


The event takes place on Sep. 15 on the campus’s Q-lot during tailgating from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will feature people competing to cook the best ribs and brisket using a wood, charcoal, electric or propane smoker.


Guests can purchase tasting tickets to sample the entries. They can then vote for their favorite dish in the “People’s Choice” category. However, official judges will choose the grand prize winners.


"We feel that there is no better way to kick off the Leatherneck football season than with an event of this size", said co-event organizer and Agriculture Instructor Jana Knupp. "This will be a great day celebrating agriculture and the Leatherneck families that make Western Illinois University a place we are proud to call home."


Tasting tickets cost $3 a person or two for $5.



State Capital Funding Granted for WIU Projects

Western Illinois University was granted $9.5 million of the $57 million in capital funding awarded to statewide colleges and universities in an effort to draw in more students. These funds come from the Fiscal Year 2019 capital budget, which was approved in the Spring.


Gov. Bruce Rauner said the money will go toward maintaining Western’s physical appearance.

“The investment we’re making at Western makes it possible for us to make long overdue improvements to the physical environment for learning, and that will help us attract more students as well,” said Rauner.


The total cost of renovations is $9.5 million. This will repair and replace roofing and water pipes on Western’s campus. The capital funding will also be used to repair an industrial chiller.


“These funds will ensure the WIU campus can continue operating smoothly and seamlessly,” said Sen. Jil Tracy. “Funding is always needed for the most basic repairs and updates, it’s essential that we continue to recognize such needs and budget accordingly to cover them.”


The infrastructure improvements will begin once the money is acquired. State Rep. Norine Hammond said Western President Jack Thomas worked with officials to obtain the necessary funding needed for repairs after the budget passed.



WIRC-CAA Victim Services Offering Crisis Intervention Training

MACOMB -- WIRC-CAA Victim Services is offering its Crisis Intervention Training for persons interested in volunteering to work with victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.


The non-credit course will cover all information and training needed to volunteer or work at any Illinois sexual assault crisis center and/or domestic violence shelter/agency.


Classes are from 5:30-9:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 17. and ending Nov. 14, 2018. There will also be one Saturday session on Oct. 6 that will be 7.5 hours in duration and begin at an agreed upon time.


The course costs $100 dollars for students and community members and $150 for working professionals. Registration ends Thursday, Sept. 13 at 3:00 p.m. or when class is full.


Victim Services is also seeking help for October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month and planning for January’s Stalking Awareness Month and Human Trafficking Awareness Month.


For more information or to register, call (309) 836-2148 and ask for Diane or Teri.



Entertainment Report!

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 6. Continue reading for the details on Kim Kardashian at the White House, Al Roker on Broadway, and an update on Amanda Bynes.




Kim Kardashian West has always been in the public’s eye but now she is facing “trial” for another reason.


After getting now 63-year-old Alice Johnson released from her life sentence for a non-violent criminal charge Kardashian West is on a mission to make a stand against unjustified  incarceration.


This past week she was spotted at the White House speaking with officials on the matter including Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law.


She revealed on Jason Flam’s “Wrongful Conviction” podcast that she is an advocate for the cause and plans on using her voice in a big way.




NBC’s Today Show Weather Anchor Al Roker is to join the Broadway cast of “Waitress The Musical”.


Roker announced he will play “Old Joe” from Oct. 5 to Nov. 11. The show is adapted from the 2007 film in which Jenna, the main character is a pie-maker in a small-town diner. She then discovers she is pregnant by her abusive husband.


You can catch Waitress at The Fabulous Fox Saint Louis from March 26. through April 7.




Amanda Bynes might be coming back to acting a year and three months after her first interview in four years.


In her 2017 interview she talks about being ready to jump back in and start work after having a troublesome past.


This week on social media, Bynes posted a photo of her and the producer of the 2007 film “Hairspray”.


It seems very possible that Bynes will be back in the spotlight soon. All we can hope for now is a an “Amanda Show” remake




Weekend Sports Recap!

Macomb High School:


The Bombers football team won a crazy 32-28 game over Canton Friday night.


Quarterback VJ Lane fought through a tough outing to go 20-33 for 221 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.


Evis Campbell had 8 catches for 90 yards and a touchdown while Kyle Protsman had one single catch, though it was for a 50 yard touchdown.


The Bombers play Blue Ridge this Friday night at home.




The Cubs lost badly last night, 11-1, in Milwaukee.


They have lost two straight, and are in danger of getting swept by the Brewers if they drop today’s game.


The Cubs are currently in first place at 81-57, and hold a 3.0 game lead over Milwaukee and a 4.5 game lead over St. Louis.


Following their series with the Brewers, the Cubs go straight to Washington D.C. for a road series vs. the Nationals.




The Chicago Bears acquired former Defensive Player of the Year (2016) and 2-time All-Pro selection Khalil Mack on Saturday from the Oakland Raiders.


The Bears sent this year’s and next year’s 1st round picks, in addition to a 6th round pick in 2020 and a 3rd round pick in 2020, to Oakland.


Mack was then signed to a 6-year, $141 million contract that includes $90 million in total guarantees along with a guaranteed $60 million at signing.


Mack instantly puts the Bears on the shortlist of best defenses in the league, and improves their chances at a competitive season drastically.


His pass-rushing prowess should play extremely well in defense that already includes Akiem Hicks, Eddie Goldman, Danny Trevathan, Roquan Smith (rookie), and Leonard Floyd in its front 7.


College Football:

Monday wrapped up a wild weekend in college football, as #20 Virginia Tech trounced #19 Florida State in the first major intra-conference matchup of the 2018 season.


Other big results include #10 Penn State scraping by recently-anointed-FBS-program, Appalachian State, 45-38 in overtime, #14 Michigan getting handled by #12 Notre Dame 24-17 in South Bend, #1 Alabama exerting its dominance over Louisville, 51-14 in Orlando, #9 Auburn beating #6 Washington, 24-17 in Atlanta, and #25 LSU trouncing #8 Miami 33-17 in the most shocking game of the weekend.


The most exciting game, however, was Purdue-Northwestern in the first ESPN primetime game, Thursday, August 30.


Northwestern won the game 31-27, though Purdue true freshman Londale Moore stole the show with a 313 all-purpose yard performance.


This upcoming week of college football is kind of a weak one, though it features the first major SEC game of the year, as #3 Georgia takes on #24 South Carolina. #25 Florida will take on unranked Kentucky in another premier SEC game, while #2 Clemson will take on an unranked Texas A&M in Jimbo Fisher’s first real test as head coach at A&M.


Locally, WIU will take on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Champaign Saturday night.




Spoon River College September and October Classes

Spoon River College Community Outreach center in Macomb is offering up a whole new slate of classes to sign up for in September and October.



There are classes to teach you about; Publisher, Google Docs, and Financial Workshop to help you achieve a better future. But there are also classes for people looking to get involved in Photography (Nighttime, and Candid shots) taught by Spoon River College educators. If you work in the industrial field there is the OSHA 10 Hour General Industry class, where you will learn the major provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and updated information on regulations. 


To learn all about these classes or to sign up for these classes, visit them at 2500 East Jackson Street in Macomb, online at or call 309-833-6031





Congresswoman Bustos Wraps up Annual 21st Century Heartland Tour

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos traveled over 2,500 miles across Northwest and Central Illinois for her annual 21st Century Heartland Tour to discuss the issues rural residents are currently facing. Bustos hosted 20 events to meet with those in the agriculture business to help her prepare for the negotiations surrounding the 2018 Farm Bill.


During the tour, Bustos held roundtable discussions with local farmers and major commodity groups to discuss President Trump’s trade war. She also worked alongside workers at Gold Star, Pacific Ethanol and Consolidated Grain and Barge to obtain a perspective on Illinois’ agricultural economy.


Bustos learned about the farmers’ worries concerning crop insurance and the lack of resources in their rural communities. The congresswoman said she realized the impact President Trump’s trade war has had on Illinois farmers.



Rep. Hammond Announces Grants to Benefit Abingdon, Roseville, and Beardstown's Library

Assistant House Minority Leader Norine K. Hammond (R-Macomb) announced the release of three grants that will benefit the 93rd district. The Beardstown Houston Memorial Library, Beardstown, was awarded $15,166 to fund additional technology for the library.


“This is great news for the Beardstown Library,” Hammond said. “I am glad to announce they were awarded the grant. Now, local youth will have access to technology that they might not have at home. Additionally, they will be benefiting from mentoring and gaining life skills for future success.”


The Illinois Secretary of State’s Project Next Generation (PNG) Grant Program is supporting the grant. The mentoring program’s mission is for youth to gain technology and communication skills.


“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White. “I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”


Hammond also announced two grants for the Village of Roseville and the City of Abingdon. The awards are to assist with ongoing projects proposed by the 2009 Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Plan. Roseville will be using the award money of $32,000 to make improvements on their sewer system. Abingdon, on the other hand, will receive $4,363 to purchase a standby generator for their sewage plant.


Hammond said this will initially save taxpayers money.



MDH Now Accepting Applications for the McDonough County Health Career Opportunities Program

Area youth who are interested in a career in healthcare are encouraged to apply for this year’s
McDonough County Health Career Opportunities (MCHCO) program.
The second annual program allows for all sophomore, junior and senior students in McDonough
County to expand their knowledge on health careers while networking with various
professionals in the industry. According to Volunteer Services Coordinator Meagan Wohlfeil,
the selected students will experience five educational classes during the 2018-19 school year.
The MCHCO program is made possible by McDonough District Hospital, SIU School of Medicine
and the University of Illinois Extension.
Perspective students can attain an application from their high school counselor or by contacting
Wohlfeil at 309-836-1579. Applications are due by September 14 by emailing them to


Illinois Emergency Management Training Summit

SPRINGFIELD --- Emergency responders from all over Illinois will be gathering together in the state capital this week for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s Training Summit.


The 22nd annual summit provides training and education for almost 1,000 people including representatives from fire services, volunteer organizations, law enforcement, public safety organizations, emergency management, and public health.


The Illinois Emergency Management Agency’s Training Summit will start today at 1:00 p.m. and highlight the largest mass shooting in the U.S. history and the steps taken to improve that state’s strategic response. The session will also cover threats to our nation’s critical infrastructure and the federal strategic goals to coordinate.


The above presentations will feature Caleb Cage,  chief of Nevada’s Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Advisory and Major General Richard Hayes of the Illinois National Guard.


To see the full conference agenda, including breakout session topics, visit



Entertainment Report

Entertainment Update with Arianna for Sept. 4. Continue reading for the details on break-ins at Bella Thorne’s, Wiz Khalifa’s parental clap back, and a Bachelor update.




Actress Bella Thorne’s home was broken into twice in one month.


While the first time was a fail due to the actress of “Shake it Up” being home, the second time was successful.


The thieves got away with about $150,000 in valuables and even stuffed the star’s items in her own designer handbags for transportation.


While it is not clear whether both crimes happened by the same thieves, it obvious however that the second time was the charm.




People nowadays like to comment on everything and rap artist Wiz Khalifa has had enough of it.


5-year-old son of Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa was spotted on Instagram getting ready to get on the bus for his first day of kindergarten.


Little did he know, his dad was getting comments from his fans about how he shouldn’t have let his son on the bus because of how rich he is.


Khalifa snaps back on his social media explaining to haters that his son wanted to ride the bus with all his friends like a kid should.


Khalifa even includes that people need to “chill”.




You’re next bachelor is -- Colton Underwood.


Underwood first stole the ladies hearts in Rebecca Kufrin’s season of the Bachelorette.


He studied and played college football at Illinois State University before moving on to play in the NFL.


Will Colton find his true love?


Find out when the Bachelor season 23 premieres on ABC in 2019.